Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF27

Mandy Sutcliffe

Belle & Boo

Venue: The Cube
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Enter the charming world of the bob-haired little girl and her adorable bunny friend. Meet their creator Mandy Sutcliffe and join in the stories and games. Decorate your own bunny ears!
3–5 years        

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Mandy Sutcliffe

Event 528

Imagine...Philip Roth Unleashed

BBC One

Venue: BBC Tent
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Francine Stock talks to the BBC’s Creative Director, Alan Yentob, on bringing Philip Roth to the screen on his 80th birthday including clips from his forthcoming documentary. Not for broadcast.


Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.


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Imagine...Philip Roth Unleashed

Event 104

Joan Bakewell

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture

Venue: The Tata Tent
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Why History Matters

The writer and broadcaster who succeeded Hobsbawm as President of Birkbeck gives the inaugural lecture in his name, in this year of resonant anniversaries. Chaired by Oscar Guardiola Rivera.

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Joan Bakewell

Event 105

Simon Singh

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The writers of The Simpsons are so fascinated by mathematics that they have drip-fed morsels of number theory into the series over the last twenty-five years. The author of The Codebook and Fermat’s Last Theorem uses specific episodes to explain concepts ranging from  and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers.

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Event 106

Hanif Kureishi talks to Rosie Boycott

The Last Word

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The novelist and film-maker discusses his new novel The Last Word, a wickedly funny and incisive take on literary celebrity and the nature of the artist; and his latest film Le Weekend, his fourth collaboration with director Roger Michell. ‘The films were mostly concerned with a subject we believed was neglected in the cinema, the lives and passions of older people, whose anxieties and desires, we found, were as intense, if not more significant, than those of the young.’

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Event 107

John Browne

The Glass Closet

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The former BP boss, now chairman of Cuadrilla, launches his frank examination of sexuality and leadership The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good for Business. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Event 108

Natalie Dessay talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Becoming Traviata

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The French coloratura soprano discusses the role of Violetta and the making of the groundbreaking documentary film of her performance in Jean-François Sivadier’s 2011 production in Aix-en-Provence.

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Natalie Dessay talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Event 109

Glenn Greenwald talks to Anita Anand

Changing the System: No Place to Hide – Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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In June 2013 the reporter and political commentator published a series of reports in The Guardian that rocked the world. The reports revealed shocking truths about the extent to which the National Security Agency had been gathering information about US citizens and intercepting communication worldwide, and were based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden to Greenwald. Greenwald joins us on video link.

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Event 110

Social Enterprise Series: Mat Roberts

More Than Just an Elevator Pitch

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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The corporate view of innovation: how can innovators engage with large corporates to work a great idea up to scale and get it to a mass-market audience. Roberts is Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services.

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Social Enterprise Series: Mat Roberts

Event HF29

Angie Sage

Araminta Spook

Venue: The Cube
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Araminta Spook lives in a huge haunted house with her Uncle Drac and Aunt Tabitha, and her greatest ambition is to meet a ghost. Join author Angie Sage for a spooky adventure.
7+ years                     

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Event W12

Guitar Rock Riffs

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Learn techniques and tricks of playing lead guitar, from simple solos to shredding.
12–17 years
places limited

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Guitar Rock Riffs

Event HF28

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Bring your own bear or dress up as one to join in the fun while you ‘squelch-squerch’ and ‘stumble-trip’ through one of the nation’s favourite books. With storyteller Middleton Mann.
5+ years

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Event 111

Brian Leveson talks to Philippe Sands

The Role of the Judge?

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The President of the Queen’s Bench Division considers the role and independence of the judiciary in British public life. How do judges interact with the Government? Or with Parliament? How well does the legal system fit in to Europe? To whom are judges accountable?

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Brian Leveson talks to Philippe Sands

Event 112

Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

The Last Days of Troy

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The poet introduces readings from his new play, which premières at the Manchester Royal Exchange in May. He is joined by the production’s director, his Helen of Troy and his Patroclus. ‘The Iliad is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breathtaking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths.’

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Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

Event 113

Rebecca Front

Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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A collection of delightfully witty and acutely observed stories by the comedy writer, columnist and actress – star of The Thick of It, Lewis and Nighty Night. She reads and talks to Lisa Dwan.

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Event 114

Christopher Dobson and Mary Dobson

Cambridge University Series 4

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Alzheimer’s and Other Plagues

Plagues have changed history, stopped armies in their tracks and altered the fate of nations. Mary and Christopher Dobson outline the impact of plagues on human history and reflect on related challenges that will be faced by future generations. Their talk ranges from the plagues of antiquity and the medieval period to the recent pandemic of HIV/AIDS and includes discussion of the increasingly prevalent afflictions of ageing and affluent societies, including dementia and diabetes.

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Event 115

Ramita Navai

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Far removed from the picture of Tehran that we glimpse in news stories, there is another hidden city where survival depends on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. It is a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, cosmetic surgeons restore girls’ virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Ramita Navai

Event 116

Sebastian Barry and Michael Cunningham

Fictions – Examined Lives

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Barry’s A Temporary Gentleman is a heartbreaking portrait of Jack McNulty. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. Cunningham’s The Snow Queen follows the divergent lives of two American brothers as they search for meaning and transcendence. The authors talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

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Event W13

Basic Bass

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Learn basic techniques for different styles of bass playing, from single note to slap.
12–17 years
Places Limited

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Basic Bass

Event HF30

Matt Whyman and James Dawson

FRIGHTFEST

Venue: Starlight Stage
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In The Savages and sequel American Savage, Matt Whyman introduces readers to a family with VERY particular eating habits, while in Say Her Name, James Dawson dares to summon Bloody Mary from beyond the grave. Find out how to be funny and scary at the same time.
12+ years (YA)

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Matt Whyman and James Dawson

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